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Oval Outcome: Valley Erupts in Celebration

SRINAGAR: A day after people observed a mourning strike against the deaths of militants and civilians by the security forces, Valley Sunday evening erupted into celebrations following defeat of Indian cricket team at the hands of Pakistan at Oval, England.

Fire crackers began exploding soon after India's top order batsmen fell in quick succession on the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. The celebrations continued through the night across Kashmir, police sources from various district headquarters said.

At most places the groups of youth came out of their homes and danced in the streets.  In Srinagar's Fateh Kadal and Sekidafar areas some exuberant youth threw firecrackers inside a CRPF camp and the local police station.

Reports said three youths were injured when security forces retaliatory action.

Vedio clips circulating on socila media showed women folk at many places out in the streets singing in celebration.

In villages where the youths could not lay their hands on firecrackers, they beat drums to express their joy.

The authorities did not interfere with these expressions of joy and celebrations and the security forces intervened only at places where the excited youths came close to security forces camps to throw firecrackers inside.

Reports from south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama as also from north Kashmir districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara indicated that the celebrations were widespread in the Valley.  (With inputs from Agencies)

Geelani congratulates Pakistan for winning Champions Trophy final

Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani today congratulated Pakistan team for defeating Indian in the Champions Trophy final which was played at Oval, London, tonight.

Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar quoting Geelani said that Hurriyat congratulates Pakistan team for defeating India in final of Champions Trophy.

"We also congratulate Pakistan nation at this moment of celebration," he said.

Pakistan beat India in the final match of Champions Trophy by a big margin of 180 runs to lift the trophy. 

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